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7 Removed in LA, DC and NY by the Grace Aaron-Steve Brown led purge of Pacifica (Facebook)
Over the last several months seven individuals have been removed from their paid positions by the Grace Aaron-Steve Brown led purge of the Pacifica network. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=191011665261&ref=mf
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This is a message from Bernard White, WBAI's fired program director.
Dear Supporters and Listeners,
- Is It Just A Coincidence? -
As the body count continues to escalate WBAI listeners are still in the dark about what is happening in Pacifica. In New York most of the discussions have centered on the illegal removal of the Program Director. However if you pay close attention to what is happening across the network it becomes abundantly clear that the struggle at WBAI is part of a well-orchestrated network wide purge. Over the last several months seven individuals have been removed from their paid positions by the Grace Aaron-Steve Brown led purge of the Pacifica network. At radio station KPFK in Los Angeles; Program Director, Armando Gudino was terminated; Fernando Velasquez co-host of Informativo was terminated; two weeks ago Jerry Quickley paid host of Beneath the Surface an afternoon drive-time program was terminated; a few months ago Chief Financial Officer Lonnie Hicks was terminated; several weeks ago at WBAI Anthony Riddle was removed from his position as General manager and Program Director, Bernard White, was terminated; on Thursday June 17th Ron Pinchback General Manager of WPFW was terminated. Is it just a coincidence that all of these individuals are either black or brown men?
- Is This What You Want To Support? -
The gag rule imposed by Interim Executive Director Grace Aaron has allowed for only a one-sided discussion of developing events at WBAI without any discussion at all about what is occurring across the network. I spoke to Ron Pinchback former General Manager of WPFW who is still in schock over the treatment he received. Grace's roving hitman, Ahmad Anderson, the Director of Human Resources, gave Mr. Pinchback a letter telling him he was terminated and that he had to leave the building immediately. He then marched him out of the building. Ron Said that he felt like he was being treated like he was a common criminal.
The body count is mounting. I believe that the General Manager of KPFA, Lem Lem, will be the next on the casualty list. Needless to say she is a black woman. Is the picture getting clearer now or is Bernard just "playing the race card" or can you see the clear pattern that is emerging from thier practice. This cabal has been able to obfuscate their bigotry by temporarily, in violation of established hiring procedures, hiring people of color as replacements. How high does the body count have to get before you react?Is this want you want to support?
- Stand Up! -
Now that you know the deal you have a responsibility to investigate my claim and respond appropriately. The Steve Brown/Grace Aaron led faction of Pacifica are the antithesis of what Pacifica is supposed to be about. These acts of corporate thuggery are in violation of the Pacifica Bylaws and its mission. This crew is in the process of transforming the entire network into their own narrow image. It is time to stand up and put a stop to this illegal behavior.
Bernard White, former Program Director, WBAI